When you start something, you have certain attitudes toward it at first—pure and humble mind and eagerness. This is the beginner’s mind.
An online job market information site conducted a survey of 960 employees on how long they kept their beginner’s mind at work. On average, it was less than a year. When a person gets a job, he rejoices as if he is on top of the world. The resolution to work hard and heart-throbbing excitement on the first day to work! As long as you do not lose the beginner’s mind, you will never be stuck in a rut or fall into a slump. Then, how can you keep the beginner’s mind?
If you have an object that reminds you of the beginner’s mind, put it in a conspicuous place, or put the motto or the photo of the person you want to resemble on the wall, or purify your heart through nature like a hill or sea. The most effective way is to have time to talk with yourself often: ‘What do I truly want?’ ‘Where am I going now?’ or ‘What should I do to accomplish my goal?’ Ask yourself these questions.
When you make efforts not to lose the beginner’s mind, eagerness and endurance too hold fast.